One of the highlights of the year around here is the annual Apple Festival held every Labor Day Weekend. It is four days of fun, three with vendors and shows on the stage in front of the courthouse, and then the King Apple Parade on Monday. Henderson county grows 85% of the apples in the state.
The number of varieties grown here will boggle the mind. I even found a new one to me this weekend, a sheepnose (also called a crow egg) apple! It is because the bottom of the apple resembles a sheep’s nose. It has a medium balance of tart to sweet.
There were 14 growers at the fair this year, with all kinds of beautiful apples to buy, taste and just admire.
Here’s my favorite variety, honey crisp! Nicely sweet, goes really well with peanut butter.
Ever have apple ice cream? It is wonderful! Tastes like an apple pie.
The vendors had all sorts of things to sell to eat using apples, like apple pie..
and fried apple pies…
jams, chutneys and butters…
apple bread …
apple bread pudding…
and whole caramel apples.
It was hot, so we didn’t stay but a couple of hours.
And I know I took way too many pictures, but don’t you think this one is pretty?
Here’s what made it home with me. The big green ones are Jonagolds.
I hope I have enough cinnamon!
3 thoughts on “Apple Festival 2014”
What a great place to go! They all look gorgeous 🙂
ohhhh my Carole… want to be there…I am making apple pies today , it was on my to do list….I certainly have a lot of lovely inspiration…
Looking at this makes me want to go pick apples right now! Everything looks delicious and the apple ice cream sounds amazing – will definitely have to do an apple excursion this month.
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